Impressions: Photos From Walshy Fire’s ‘Abeng’ Album Release Party in NYC ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น

Words by LargeUp Crew
Photos by Matthew Enbar

First off, we need to big up our brother, friend, contributor and Day 1 supporter Walshy Fire on the release of his debut album, ABENG, which just dropped via Mad Decent. If you haven’t listened yet, click hereand run tune on the streaming service of your choice.

As the first full-length LP to bridge the burgeoning afrobeats movement with its parallel forms in the Caribbean, dancehall and soca, ABENG is ushering in a new level of diasporic consciousness that we will no doubt be feeling the waves from for years to come.

On Wednesday night, Walshy celebrated the release of the LP with a listening party at New York’s Alley Cat Amateur Theater, sponsored by Bacardi and presented by Mad Decent with support from LargeUp and TMWRK.

Guests included Kranium, featured artist on ABENG single “Call Me” (alongside Mr. Eazi); Walshy Fire collaborators The No-Maddz, and elusive dancehall don and lyricist extraordinire Blak Ryno. DJs We Chief, Eddie STATS and Neil Robertson held down the sounds ahead of Walshy’s track-by-track rundown, and a brief performance by the always entertaining No-Maddz.

Catch the highlight reel and photos below.

Walshy Fire - ABENG Menu
The ABENG specials: Call Me, Xcellent and No Negative Vibes.
We repeat: No Negative Vibes!
Ivie Ani and the OkayAfrica crew in the place.
Walshy Fire's 'ABENG' album release party
Dancers Ovo Drenth (in yellow), Youma Wague (at far right) and friends. Ovo and Youna can be seen in the video for ABENG single “Call Me” featuring Kranium and Mr. Eazi.
Walshy Fire, No-maddz, Griggs Brothas
From L to R: Evie and Sheldon of No-Maddz; Walshy Fire; designer Joshua Josephs of Rebels to Dons, Neil Robertson, the Griggs Brothas.
No-Maddz and crew
Walshy Fire's 'ABENG' album release party
There was a lot of love in the room…
And plenty of old friends catching up…
Walshy takes the mic.
Running through the tracks.
Walshy Fire and Kranium
Kranium makes an appearance.
The man of honor taking a few moments to large up everyone who helped him along the way.
The No-maddz taking the mic.
Party done…
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